SHARJAH, 10th March, 2019 (WAM) — The Sharjah Department of Government Relations (DoGR) recently received Fletcher Tabuteau, New Zealand’s Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, along with Paul Ballantyne, Deputy Ambassador of New Zealand to the UAE.
They discussed Sharjah–New Zealand relations and explored ways to strengthen cooperation in various fields.
Tabuteau visited several government entities in Sharjah, accompanied by Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF); Sheikh Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of DoGR, Sheikha Nawar Al Qasimi, Director of Development at Sharjah Art Foundation; Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman of Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq); and Mohamed Juma Al Musharrakh, CEO of Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah).
During the tours, the delegation was briefed on Sharjah’s promising investment opportunities and unique business environment, and learned about the emirate’s efforts to promote culture, literature, arts and civilisation.
Sheikh Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi praised the deep-rooted cultural relations and strategic trade ties between Sharjah and New Zealand, stressing the need to enhance cooperation at all levels in the best interest of both parties.
Sheikh Majid Al Qasimi said: “This visit builds on the close relations between Sharjah and New Zealand. It enabled the delegation to learn more about Sharjah’s forward-thinking economic and cultural vision, which aligns with the directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to encourage understanding and dialogue with other cultures and civilisations. Such exchange is key to enabling everyone to learn about and benefit from the other’s experiences. During our meeting, we discussed ways to strengthen cooperation and coordination in various areas of common interest.”
The visit highlights the close relations between the UAE in general and the Emirate of Sharjah in particular and New Zealand. Bilateral trade figures between the two nations are valued at NZD 2.9 billion, making the UAE, the ninth largest trading partner to New Zealand, and a leading re-export hub in MENA region and the world.